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Sep 29, 2010
Scientology receives local rates relief on properties — BBC News
Type: Press
Author(s): John Sweeney
Source: BBC News
The Church of Scientology has received millions of pounds of business rates relief and tax breaks in Britain. The controversial organisation, which counts Hollywood celebrities among its high-profile members, boasts of having over 11 million square feet in property worldwide, but some ex-members call it a cult. The Church is not classed as a religion under Charity Law by the UK Charity Commission. In 1999, the Commission ruled that it did not pass the "public benefit" test required for advancing religion ...
Sep 28, 2010
Secrets of Scientology: A Panorama Special — BBC News
Nov 8, 2009
I know the dark side of Scientology...I almost lost my friend to it — The Herald
Type: Press
Author(s): Jonny Jacobsen
Source: The Herald
I knew Scientology was in trouble when the media moved on from the usual silly gossip about its celebrity members to much darker, disturbing issues at the heart of the movement. After a Paris court last month convicted several Scientologists and two organisations associated with the movement in France of organised fraud, and amid other investigations in France looking at a suicide and an alleged abduction, Oscar-winning film-maker Paul Haggis, a long-time member, quit Scientology. Haggis, who wrote and directed Crash, ...
Oct 20, 2009
Tom and Katie celebrate with Travoltas at secret Scientology event — US Magazine
Type: Press
Source: US Magazine
Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and daughter Suri reunited with John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston – plus over 4000 other Scientologists – at a massive party in England on Oct. 16, has confirmed. The stars were surprise guests at the 25th anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists held at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinsted, West Sussex. During nearly two hours of speeches, Cruise, 47, briefly addressed the rapturous, fist-pumping crowd: "Because we never took our eyes off the ...
Sep 26, 2009
Saint Hill entertainment licence will be considered again — East Grinstead Observer
Type: Press
Source: East Grinstead Observer
RESIDENTS objecting to an entertainment licence for Saint Hill Manor during a consultation period were shocked to discover it had already been granted. Saint Hill Green homeowners were told Mid Sussex District Council had already given permission for up to 10 late night events a year to be held at the Church of Scientology's East Grinstead base, despite public notices saying the consultation was still open. "A neighbour gave me a copy of the public notice which said you had until ...
Nov 3, 2008
I'd have killed for Cruise cult — The Sun (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): David Lowe
Source: The Sun (UK)
A TOP Scientologist who escaped the cult has given the most explosive insight yet into the shady "celebrity religion". A-list followers including Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta believe their faith is the secret of their success. But for John Duignan it cost him everything and everyone he held dear after he become a leading figure in the church's British branch. John says he was so brainwashed that he would have killed for Scientology. And he claims another member was ...
Oct 31, 2008
Scientologists hand Sussex air medics £50k — The Argus (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Lawrence Marzouk
Source: The Argus (UK)
The controversial Church of Scientology has donated £50,000 to the Sussex Air Ambulance Service at a glitzy gala hosted by a Hollywood star. Actress Kelly Preston, wife of John Travolta, compered the event at the church’s headquarters in Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, in front of 1,500 people. Ms Preston is a keen supporter of the religion, which was founded by L Ron Hubbard in 1953. Sussex Air Ambulance Service provides helicopter cover for the county, as well as for Kent ...
May 6, 2008
Counterfeit Dreams - Chapter 3: Thistle Street Lane
Oct 29, 2007
Kelly hosts Scientology gig — Press and Journal
Type: Press
Source: Press and Journal
Hollywood star Kelly Preston took time out of filming new comedy Old Dogs with her husband John Travolta, to support a Scientology charity concert in West Sussex. The 45-year-old actress was master of ceremonies at the 11th annual Gala Charity Concert at Saint Hill, home of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard and headquarters for the Church of Scientology UK. Kelly said: "It was a great day. What we were doing with the concert is perpetuating what L Ron Hubbard started in ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 23, 2007
'Church' that yearns for respectability — The Times (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Dominic Kennedy
Source: The Times (UK)
Scientology is trying to transform its image from that of a shadowy cult When Scientology officially opened its spectacular new British church in the Square Mile, the movement was given an unusually warm embrace by the Establishment. Ian Luder, an Alderman of the Corporation of London and a magistrate, lauded the organisation’s anti-drugs efforts. “The work which you do in this area is greatly to be welcomed,” he said, “and I wish you growing success.” It was a satisfying moment for ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 1, 2007
UK officials feared church 'evil' — BBC News
Type: Press
Source: BBC News
With A-list celebrities among its followers and a string of unsavoury allegations from former members, the Church of Scientology is rarely far from the headlines. But newly released government files from the National Archives at Kew show controversy surrounding the church in the UK is nothing new. In the 1960s and 1970s officials debated whether or not to lift a ban on foreigners entering the UK to work or study at the church. In the documents, high-ranking mandarins referred to the ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Apr 11, 2007
Scientologists Set For Heavenly Tax Cut — The Argus (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Rachel Pegg
Source: The Argus (UK)
Scientology could be officially recognised as a religion in the UK following a ruling in the European Court of Human Rights. The decision, won by a law team led from East Grinstead, could mean the Charity Commission will have to recognise the controversial Church of Scientology as a bona fide religious group. This would give it access to a series of tax breaks and potentially hundreds of thousands of pounds in taxpayers' money through Gift Aid. The European Court ruled the ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Feb 23, 2007
Is There Anybody Out There? — BBC Radio
Nov 22, 2006
Gala dinners, jive bands and Tom Cruise: how the Scientologists woo City police — The Guardian (UK)
Apr 18, 2006
The secrets of Scientology — The Independent (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Sara Lawrence
Source: The Independent (UK)
Tom Cruise says Katie Holmes is now a fully-fledged follower of L Ron Hubbard. So what is it about the sci-fi writer's 'religion' that exerts such a hold? Sara Lawrence goes undercover to find out Sitting on a red velvet chair in the middle of a majestic, oak-panelled hall in East Grinstead, I have rarely felt more fearful for my sanity. On the wall in front of me, a creepy, larger-than-life-sized portrait of an old man seems to be staring straight ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Nov 17, 2005
Councillor starts Scientology row — BBC News
Type: Press
Source: BBC News
A councillor in East Sussex has asked for Scientologists in his town to be stopped from working for the council. Councillor Michael Murphy has had his proposal seconded by councillor Paul Scott, but other members of Crowborough Town Council have raised objections. He suggests the council "refrains from using the voluntary services of the Scientologists until a full investigation has been carried out". A Scientology centre in nearby Saint Hill has invited Mr Murphy for a visit. His motion was supposed ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 25, 2003
DIY rubbish collectors help council clean up area — icSurreyOnline
Type: Press
Source: icSurreyOnline
VOLUNTEERS have been giving a brush-up to the Park Road Bridge site in East Grinstead over the past couple of weekends. The team spent two consecutive Sundays clearing the site in liaison with the Town Council. The area has been a concern to residents as rats, feeding on discarded food, had been increasing in numbers. About 120 bags of rubbish were removed with 11 shopping trolleys and a host of other debris, such as traffic cones, signs and old batteries. The ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Nov 19, 1997
Secret lives: Lafayette Ron Hubbard [video] — Channel 4 (UK)
More: transcript, local copy of transcript
Type: TV
Source: Channel 4 (UK)
VOICES: "We were saving the world, we were convinced that Hubbard was the returned saviour and that his techniques and his knowledge and his majesty would eventually bring all mankind to an enlightened state and that was what we were doing..." "There were some things about him that I do feel were rather dangerous. I felt so much under his spell that I told my room-mate that if ever I told her that I was going to marry this man, she ...
Mar 30, 1997
The true story of a false prophet — Mail on Sunday (UK)
Jul 13, 1995
The Big Story: Inside the Cult (video) — Carlton Television
More: Youtube, transcript
Mar 29, 1994
Scientology: the inside story — Just the worst two years of my life — The Argus (UK)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Paul Bracchi
Source: The Argus (UK)
IN THE second part of his special investigation into the Church of Scientology, Argus chief reporter PAUL BRACCHI talks to a man who travelled 3,000 miles to join the Sussex-based cult. [A very small picture of Mr. Bracchi is shown, as in yesterday's article. A large picture, in the center of page 6, is shown of a man wearing a neat denim shirt, labelled: "Above: Nowell Matandirotya. "I feel I was exploited" A smaller picture shows a grim stone mansion, with ...
Mar 28, 1994
Scientology: the inside story — Secrets of Saint Hill — The Argus (UK)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Paul Bracchi
Source: The Argus (UK)
Special investigation by chief reporter PAUL BRACCHI [A very small picture of Mr. Bracchi is shown.] [A picture of a man in a long military coat with brass buttons is shown. Below the picture is this title: "A Scientologist out on liberty time in a miliary-style greatcoat."] THEY dress like naval officers. But the uniforms, complete with epaulettes and brass buttons, are not what they seem. These men and women do not belong to the armed services...they are Scientologists. Most of ...
Jan 31, 1994
The prisoners of Saint Hill — The Independent (UK)
More:, link
Jan 16, 1994
Cult took my son from me — Sunday Mail (Brisbane, Australia)
Aug 13, 1993
Letters to the Editor // The Scientology debate — East Grinstead Courier (UK)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: East Grinstead Courier (UK)
Pinning our hopes on Old Doll Body I READ with interest Denise Harrison's statement of incredulity that a new religion could be the work of a science fiction writer. According to the saying, truth is stranger than fiction, so what about this one? In his early lectures, Ron Hubbard mentioned "Old Doll Body", a mythical figure from the past, who travelled freely in the universe in his flying saucer. In 1964, I was driving up the Turners Hill Road one night ...
May 12, 1988
The 'Hard Sell' Cult — East Grinstead Courier (UK)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Mike Ricks, Sarah Gorman
Source: East Grinstead Courier (UK)
As a campaign by members of the church of Scientology to make Britain the first Scientology country gains momentum, we can reveal the cost of the "hard sell" 'religion' which has split families and which last week led one Ashurst Wood couple to the Bankruptcy Court. Our investigations suggest the cult uses high pitch American style sales techniques to trap their hapless "believers" in a never ending web of lengthy courses. Scientology is the religious philosophy which grew out of Dianetics, ...
May 4, 1988
Man went bankrupt after £175,000 gifts to Scientologists — Daily Telegraph (UK)
More: link, link
Type: Press
Author(s): Lin Jenkins
Source: Daily Telegraph (UK)
A MATHEMATICS graduate who founded his own computer company, went bankrupt after he "recklessly and cynically exploited" easy credit from banks, finance and credit card companies to give more than £71,000 in 17 months to the Church of Scientology. Mr Adrian Thomas Hayman, 38, paid £175,000 to the "corrupt, sinister and dangerous" church over 14 years. But he began increasing his average annual payments of £8,000 by borrowing. At a public examination at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, yesterday, he denied a suggestion ...
Nov 8, 1987
Messiah at the Manor [excerpt from "Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard"] — The Sunday Times (UK)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: The Sunday Times (UK)
Scientology grew out of the ashes of L Ron Hubbard's 'new science' of Dianetics, which enjoyed a brief vogue in the America of the 1950s then faded to bring its founder close to bankruptcy. In this second extract from the book the Church of Scientology tried to ban, RUSSELL MILLER describes the bizarre, science-fiction basis of the new, highly profitable religion and Hubbard's self-appointed mission to 'save the world' —– L RON HUBBARD had often said: "If a man really wanted ...
Apr 27, 1987
Panorama: Road to Total Freedom — BBC News
More: transcript
Type: TV
Source: BBC News
Description of video is in italics. VO=VOICEOVER shot of Church of Scientology, Los Angeles; apparently group of ex-members VOICEOVER: The Church of Scientology, one of the largest and richest new religious movements, is being sued for a billion dollars by former members for fraud and breach of trust. They regard Scientology as a dangerous cult. group of Scientologists VO: Yet the church goes on expanding, making converts and claiming it is "The Road to Total Freedom". ''"Panorama" opening credits; while music ...
Tag(s): Annie M. Tidman (aka Annie Broeker aka Annie Logan aka Lisa Mitchell)Apollo (formerly, "Royal Scot Man"; often misspelled "Royal Scotman", "Royal Scotsman")AssaultAuditingAuthor Services, Inc. (ASI) (dba, Galaxy Press) (subsidiary of Church of Spiritual Technology)BBC NewsBlackmailBody thetans (BTs)Church of Scientology International (CSI)Confidential preclear (PC) folderCostCyril Ronald VosperDavid MiscavigeDavid Miscavige: physical violenceDede ReisdorfDeprogrammingDianeticsDisconnectionDon LarsonDoreen Lea GillhamE-MeterExtortionFair gameFort Harrison Hotel (also, Flag Land Base) @ 210 South Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater FL United StatesFrank NotaroFranklin FreedmanFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationFront groupsHana Eltringham WhitfieldHarassmentHarold ClarkeHeber C. JentzschInurementJeffrey A. DubronJerry WhitfieldJohn TravoltaJudge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr.Ken HodenKidnappingL. Ron HubbardL. Ron Hubbard's credentialsL. Ron Hubbard's deathLawrence LevyLawsuitLouis Jolyon WestLudis BirssMary ClarkeMary Sue (Whipp) HubbardMembershipMV Freewinds (formerly, La Bohème)Narconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Nazi labellingNorman F. StarkeyOperating Thetan (OT)Patrick D. "Pat" Broeker (aka Mike Mitchell)Private investigator(s)Protest, picketRecruitmentReligious cloakingReligious Research Foundation (RRF)Ruth ClarkeSaint Hill Manor @ East Grinstead (UK)Scientology's "Clear" stateScott MayerSea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Supernatural abilities (aka OT powers)Suppressive person (SP)Thea GreenbergThreatTraining Routines (TRs)United Kingdom (UK)Valerie StansfieldWogXenu (Operating Thetan level 3, OT 3, Wall of Fire)
Apr 4, 1986
Inside Scientology — Finally [A history of controversy] — L.A. Weekly (California)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Ron Curran, Jennifer Pratt
Source: L.A. Weekly (California)
A History of Controversy As anyone who follows the news knows, Scientology has been involved in a series of controversial cases, many of them involving vengeful church actions against its critics. (More on this below.) Although the church always paints itself as the victim, its critics suggest that Scientology hasn't been persecuted from the outside, but rather is the victim of warped and misplaced priorities inside the church. The critics — and there are more than the church is willing to ...
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